Woman linked to the Rev. Cutie identified

May 8, 2009 at 3:28 PM

MIAMI, May 8 (UPI) -- A Miami TV station says the woman romantically linked to the Rev. Alberto Cutie is a divorcee living in Miami Beach, Fla.

The Miami Herald said Friday the woman shown in photographs kissing the Roman Catholic priest is indentified by Spanish-language America TV as Ruhama Canellis, who reportedly has a 15-year-old son.

The release of Canellis' identity has lead scores of reporters and photographers to stake out her Miami Beach apartment, but the woman has refused to comment on media reports.

Cutie, who hosts weekly shows on GenTV and the Catholic Church's Radio Paz, became the focus of a church controversy when the Spanish-language magazine TVnotas published photographs of him cuddling Canellis, who was unidentified at the time.

The release of the photographs, which show the two individuals in romantic situations, prompted Archdiocese of Miami officials to limit Cutie's duties at his South Beach parish.

The Herald said the archdiocese's actions prompted more than 60 people to demonstrate Thursday at Cutie's church in support of the popular priest.

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